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The Greatest Generation: An American Oratorio

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents The Greatest Generation: An American Oratorio, an homage to the American family at war.  This oratorio combines the popular tunes from the World War II era with new original compositions and arrangements.  With a libretto by Dan Kehde and original music and arrangements by Roger Ames with Elizabeth Bassine, the work includes classics from Irving Berlin, the Gershwins,...

Highmark Holiday Pops

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Snow, presents, candy canes - and the Highmark Holiday PopsThe Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrate the season with conductor Daniel Meyer, vocalist Ashley Brown, and a certain special guest with a red suit and a sackful of presents!...

Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform a concert version of Ludwig van Beethoven's opera Fidelio, conducted by PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.  Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera, and tells the story of Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named Fidelio, saves her husband who is unjustly imprisoned for political crimes....

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

Under the baton of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and PSO perform Beethoven's Missa solemnis.  Composed from 1819 to 1823, the Missa solemnis premiered in April 1824 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is widely considered to be one of Beethoven's crowning achievements in music....

Help the MCP End the Season on a High Note

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) may have sung the last note of the 2018-2019 season, but it's not quite over yet!  We have set a fundraising goal of $10,000, and when we raise this amount, a match of $55,000 will be unlocked! This extraordinary opportunity is made possible by a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation & Management award and a very generous individual donor.  Your...

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